Thursday, June 18, 2009

Art Around Athens

The restaurant Mama’s Boy will host a show of Mark Watkins’ original drawings for his “Cats Love Birds” comics, with an opening reception Friday, June 19 from 9–10 a.m., for free! Originals will be sold at the restaurant through July 20, and individual copies of autographed magazines will be sold at the register for $2.

Watkins studied studio art at the University of Georgia, moved to Delaware with his wife, Christy Eby, for Eby’s work as a nurse and moved back to Athens last fall with their 18-month-old son, Curtis. Time spent with his son has led Watkins to focus on human relationships rather than his previous philosophical subjects. Watkins was also inspired in 2002 at Athens' Annual FLUKE Mini-Comic Festival. The “Cats Love Birds” series of black-and-white drawings depicts friends of fur and feather partaking in activities as simple as eating dinner to as wild as striptease dancing for money. You should definitely join Mama’s Boy tomorrow in celebrating his works over coffee and brunch.

If you can’t make it to Mama’s Boy, plan to see Watkins’ more colorful works featured at Transmetropolitan’s Oglethorpe Avenue location starting July 1.

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